Tom Cuddeford, Deputy Chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, issued the following statement:-
The Chairman & Deputy Chairman of West Midlands Police Federation have written to the majority of all prospective members of parliament regarding our #CutsHaveConsequences campaign. The letter available to download here, highlights to prospective members of parliament that the West Midlands Police has lost a total of 1,471 police officer posts in the last five years, budget cuts to the force, our campaign and more.
Essex Police have we decided to talk to the public about the financial cuts being faced by their force. Although it is specific to Essex we thought our members would like to view the website & watch the video.
You will be aware that in today’s statement on the 2013 Spending Round, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that Government Departments would put in place plans to end automatic pay progression.
The Home Office budget will be cut by 6% in 2015/16 - with the police budget slashed by "less than that", the Chancellor announced today. West Midlands PCC Bob Jones said, "I am extremely disappointed by today's announcement. The further 6% cut to Home Office funding in 2015-16, if passed on in full to policing, means a further £27 million cut to West Midlands Police, in addition to the £126 million we've lost already. This could take the total cut to about £153 million - or over a fifth of the budget - in just five years."
Tom Cuddeford was on the BBC Radio West Midlands Breakfast show this morning discussing yesterdays announcement regarding the closure of 3 police stations in the West Midlands and Cuts to the Police Service. Tom says "Sad state of affairs; However, we can see both sides of the argument"
Responding to the proposed further cuts likely to be announced in today’s budget, Steve White, vice chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales says:
Ian Edwards, Chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, issued the following statement:-
Responding to the announcement of further cuts due in the Autumn Statement, Paul McKeever, Chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales says;